Saturday, January 26, 2013

Original Snow White Soundtrack on 1988 CD

The original songs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were recorded in 1937, then released to the public in January 1938 on three Victor/RCA 78 rpm discs (see earlier post). However, edits to the movie were still in progress right up to before the world premiere. As a result, a couple tracks on that first album actually contain sections which were cut from the final film.

Fifty years after its initial release, the music from that first unedited record was re-issued in 1988 on Compact Disc by BMG (RCA). Catalog no. 8455-2-R.

Both the CD and inserts are labeled "Not Licensed for Radio Broadcasting".

From the disc's liner notes...
This digital release was assembled from elements in the RCA/Victor vault and from original shellac records, which have survived much better than most of the metal parts in storage. The recordings were first put through an ITI Parametric equalizer to bring the voices out on analog tape, which was then transferred to a flat digital copy. A Harmonia Mundi was used to digitally reduce the residual hiss and surface noise.
--Patrick Snyder

Images from the Filmic Light Collection.

In the next post, we'll compare how these tracks differ from what we hear in the movie today.


  1. Wow this would be a great find at a thrift/antique store! :) I found a different Snow White soundtrack once which I listen to about every day. The whole movie plays in my head as I listen!

    1. I'm still amazed at how much the songs still play in my head too.